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Adults and Teens

We offer an array of opportunities for learning, creating, and sharing through art experiences at the Museum. Whether taking a class in our studios or hearing from an expert in our galleries, our visitors can choose from a variety of activities to engage with art. With established weekly programs like ArtBreak and Slow Art Sunday, or special events like First Thursday, Art On The Rocks, and teen nights, the BMA invites you to find a program that interests and excites you!

Slow Art Sunday: Moon Jar, Korea

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, docent Mary Lynda Crockett will lead a discussion on a Korean piece Moon Jar.

Moving Meditation

Join teachers from Villager Yoga to explore BMA from a different perspective. Exhibit your strength and balance of mind and body in traditional yoga poses linked in nurturing, flowing sequences. Our moving meditation will help usher in powerful energy throughout the entire body and soul, followed by a deep sense of calm, relaxation, and stillness. For beginners to intermediate, the class has a moderate pace.

Visually Impaired Program: Tools of the Trade

In this program for adults, held the second Saturday of each month, specially trained docents present the Museum’s collection by means of verbal descriptions, three-dimensional tactile models based on original works of art, and sculpture. The experience may be enhanced by related music and/or art-making to provide multi-sensory access to the visual arts.

Space is limited; reservations are required. Please RSVP by Monday, October 6.

VIP tours are also available for school-age or adult groups. To reserve your spot or learn more about group tours, call 205.254.2964.

Annual Rushton Concert

Please be sure to join us before the concert for a pre-concert, curator led tour. Click here to learn more.

Auditorium doors open at 7PM.

Italian pianist Beatrice Rana drew mass attention during the 2013 Cliburn Competition for “intensely personalized music-making” (Dallas Morning News) that “had an electrical current running through virtually every measure” (The Plain Dealer). Already a rising star, Ms. Rana was named “One to Watch” by International Piano magazine just before her Cliburn appearance. Recording label Harmonia Mundi USA released a live CD of her Competition performances in late 2013 with works by Schumann, Ravel, and Bartók, which joins her debut CD on ATMA Classique featuring Scriabin and Chopin.

The Rushton Concert is generously sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. William J. Rushton III

Pre-Concert Tour

Before the annual Rushton Concert, please join Senior Curator and Curator of Decorative Arts Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, Ph.D. for a tour of Hester Bateman: Setting the Table for Female Enterprise.

The Rushton Concert will begin at 7:30PM; auditorium doors open at 7PM.

ArtBreak: Ceremonial Bird Effigy Grinding Stone (Metate)

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by BMA Education Intern Amy Williamson, who will discuss our Spotlight on the Collection piece Ceremonial Bird Effigy Grinding Stone (Metate).

Slow Art Sunday: Tragedy at Sea

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on George Inness’s piece Tragedy at Sea.

First Thursdays: After Hours At BMA

Your Night at the Museum!

The Birmingham Museum of Art is pleased to present an after-hours experience on the first Thursday of each month. Wander the galleries, sip cocktails in the garden, catch a movie, or sit down with friends for tapas at Oscar’s. The Museum is open for your enjoyment until 9PM.

Art & Conversation

$10 Museum Members // $15 Nonmembers

A CONVERSATION ON CONSERVATION

Although the job of a Museum Conservator involves monitoring the collection, good handling and housekeeping methods, and research, there are times when intervention and treatment of an object is necessary. In this overview Conservator Margaret Burnham provides insight into the care and treatment of our collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

This program is for people who want to learn more about art in an informative and interactive setting. These programs, with the exception of June, are held on the first Thursday of each month, January through October. Coffee and light refreshments are available. Tours are led by curators or guest lecturers, and attendees are encouraged to ask questions, share thoughts and ideas, and actively participate in the learning process.

ArtBreak: Lit(art)ure 101

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is presented by Volunteer Services Manager Lindsey Hammel, who will lead a discussion on art that is inspired by literature in the Museum’s collection.

Slow Art Sunday: Building the Schooner, Provincetown

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Marlene Wallace will lead a discussion on Childe Hassam’s piece Building the Schooner, Provincetown.

ArtBreak: La Dolce Vita: 19th-Century Artists in Italy

Feed your body and mind at noon every Tuesday. Join us for a 20-30 minute gallery talk. Stay for lunch at Oscar’s Café and they will throw in a free dessert!

Today’s ArtBreak is led by UAB adjunct art and art history professor Alice Jackson. Alice will discuss artists in the BMA collection who were inspired by Italy in the 19th century.

Slow Art Sunday: It’s The Real Thing

Slow food, slow living, slow… art? Unlock the secrets of works in the Museum’s collection by cultivating the art of looking slowly. Our docents ask and answer questions to help guide your slow art experience and foster conversation. Leave the Museum feeling inspired- not tired!

This Sunday, master docent Julia Stork will lead a discussion on Hank Willis Thomas’s piece It’s the Real Thing.

Special Oscar’s Café Hours

To celebrate the final day of Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons and Armor, Oscar’s Café will hold special Sunday lunch hours. They will serve their Lethal Beauty menu from 11AM-2PM.

Click here to see the menu.

ART PAPERS LIVE

Join us for a special Birmingham edition of ART PAPERS LIVE.

Slavs and Tatars joins the Birmingham Museum of Art and ART PAPERS for an illustrated presentation exploring the potential of language as a strategy of both resistance and research into notions of identity, politics, colonialism, and faith.

Founded in 2006, Slavs and Tatars is an art collective devoted to an area east of the Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China, known as Eurasia. Their work spans several media and disciplines and focuses on an oft-forgotten sphere of influence between Slavs, Caucasians, and Central Asians.

Slavs and Tatars’ sculpture Rahlé for Richard (2014) will be on view in the BMA’s Contemporary Galleries from September 2014.

ART PAPERS, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization, produces a print and online publication covering contemporary art and culture. ART PAPERS hosts regular public programs including the popular series, ART PAPERS LIVE.